A Northfield man who allegedly pulled a weapon similar in appearance to a pistol on a Cub Foods employee Friday was charged with two felonies Monday in Rice County District Court.

Court documents state Joshua Lee Roder, 26, of Northfield was charged with  second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after Northfield police officers were dispatched Friday to the store on an allegation that Roder pointed the gun at an employee. The weapon was later deemed to be a BB gun. 

The alleged victim, who said he used to work with Roder’s mother, said he was stocking shelves when Roder pointed the BB gun at him, and he feared the weapon would fire, possibly accidentally.

A short time later, Roder reportedly came up to the alleged victim, laughing and telling him it was empty and showing him the BB gun again.

Roder allegedly admitted possessing an unloaded BB gun at the store.

“Although the gun possessed by (Roder) was a BB gun, BB guns are designed as a weapon and capable of producing great bodily harm,” court documents state.

Judge Jeffrey Johnson set conditional bail at $25,000, contingent on Roder not using or possessing firearms or dangerous weapons, remaining law-abiding and following other court requirements.

Roder’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 15.

In other reports:

• Shawn Patrick Kelly, 35, of Richfield, is charged with first-degree methamphetamine sale and first-degree meth possession in Rice County District Court after allegedly selling more than 160 grams of meth and possessing a total of nearly a half pound last August. Kelly was charged after allegedly selling more than 160 grams of meth to a confidential informant in August. A search warrant of Kelly's vehicle allegedly netted 59 grams of the drug.

• Joshua John Nelson, 33, of Northfield, is charged with domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault in Rice County District Court after allegedly choking someone he knew April 26 in Northfield.

• Henry Courtney Fox, 34, of Owatonna, is charged with third-degree assault and two counts of gross misdemeanor domestic assault in Rice County District Court after allegedly assaulting someone he knew Sunday in Faribault. Surveillance video from Kwik Trip allegedly showed him punching the alleged victim, throwing her to the ground and kicking her in the face at least twice, along with striking her with his hands.

Reach Associate Editor Sam Wilmes at 507-645-1115.

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